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Founded in 1971, Mulberry epitomises British handcrafted luxury. Creative director Johnny Coca draws upon the label’s roots to craft unrivalled leather goods and coveted ready to wear.


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About the designer

Over 45 years have passed since founder Roger Saul first sat down at his kitchen table in rural Somerset, England to craft leather belts by hand. His hometown housed both perspective and inspiration, as the trees Saul passed on a daily basis birthed the Mulberry name. His sister drew the iconic tree logo that embosses countless leather accessories worldwide today.

Originally focusing on tailoring leather only, Mulberry launched its first womenswear line in 1979. The label perfectly balanced skilful heritage with contemporary class, never letting the mainly British ethos out of sight. Johnny Coca stepped up as creative director in 2015, providing an international outlook that celebrates the iconic city-meets-countryside allure.

The Spanish-born designer grew up watching Madonna and The Cure, sparking his love for fashion. After studying design and architecture in Paris, he learned the ropes at both Louis Vuitton and Céline. At Mulberry, Coca pushes boundaries while still honouring the label’s heritage. His aim to put function first results in both practical and aesthetically pleasing bags, such as the praised Clifton and Maple bags.

Collection autumn/ winter 2017

Creative designer Johnny Coca abided by the label’s traditional heritage yet implemented his original insights for this AW17 presentation. The signature tartan check repeatedly appeared on silhouettes illustrating dungaree dresses, bow tie blouses, coats, quilted poncho’s and blazers and skirt suits. Oversized check blazer jackets defined by extensive shoulders were styled with front slit skirts where loose fitting evening dresses translated into cascading ruffles accentuated by a tonal chocolate brown or a lustrous velvet floral pattern. The astounding use of colour often turned out into a striking colour block effect, where an orange blouse and purple skirt were accentuated by fern green leather boots and a brown bowling bag. Wintery ankle grazing skirts in bold corduroy were topped with oversized cable knit sweaters epitomising the label's iconic English heritage. Each sumptuously designed look was accessorised with vivid fuzzy knit socks, thigh high leather boots and the label’s signature handbags.